Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions & Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

I can’t believe Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow! I hope you have the opportunity to celebrate with family or friends near to your heart, a bountiful table, in a warm home filled with love. We will be sharing our first Thanksgiving with A with my baby sister, her husband, their dog, and two friends from our last assignment who just moved here, and I know it will be a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season. I’m really looking forward to it!

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onion Recipe

If you are fortunate enough to have the same, be thankful for your blessings. If you are a public servant spending the holiday at work, thank you for watching over us. If you are a military family with a deployed (or otherwise unable to join you) service member, thank you. I can’t say anything to bring them home, but having been there, I know how you feel and I’m praying with all my heart your family is together again soon, safe and sound. If you have to work retail, I’m sorry commercialism has driven stores to feel the need to open. I wish you nothing but pleasant shoppers and many of those little moments that can make working retail fun. I know I may not personally know all of you who read this, or your individual situation, but whether you get to enjoy Thanksgiving traditionally or not, know I’m thankful for you. I appreciate you, and you are one of the many many blessings I will reflect upon and be very thankful for tomorrow and every other day.

Caramelized onion turkey grilled cheese

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, eat lots of amazing food, and should you have leftover turkey, I hope you’ll try one of the recipes I’ve posted on the blog this past week. 😉

Makeshift sandwich press for grilled cheese

Like my makeshift sandwich press? I refuse to purchase one and this is my solution. It worked beautifully.

We can’t do Thanksgiving leftovers without at least one turkey sandwich or sandwich variation, it’s downright un-American, and this year’s variation in the Godmother household is inspired by my slow cooker. This year, I discovered the wonder of slow cooker caramelized onions. Instead of spending 30-40 minutes near my stove while the onions slowly reach a lovely golden brown, I spend 10 minutes slicing and let my slow cooker do the rest of the work for 10 or so hours while I was free to do a host of other things.

Easy caramelized onions in the slow cooker

I’ve used these onions in sandwiches, pasta, eggs, on crackers, they’re very versatile. While I haven’t tried freezing them yet, I have read that you can, something I may try with a future batch. We just go through onions quickly, but I’m tempted to make a really big batch in my larger crock pot. This “recipe” is so easy! I almost didn’t post it, but the sandwiches were really amazing and the onions just added that perfect finishing touch. Enjoy!

Leftover thanksgiving turkey sandwich with caramelized onions and cheddar on Goodie Godmother recipe blog

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions
The easiest way to make caramelized onions!
Cuisine: Condiment
  • 3 medium to large sweet onions
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Peel and slice your onions very thin.
  2. Toss the onion slices with the olive oil and salt and place into your slow cooker.
  3. Set the slow cooker on low and allow to cook 8-10 hours.
If the onions are not brown enough after 8-10 hours, stir and crack the lid for an hour or so to allow some liquid to escape. If they still need more time after that, cover fully again and check in a few hours.

Caramelized Onion Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
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Serves: 2
  • 4 slices of bread
  • ½-2/3 cup leftover Thanksgiving turkey
  • 4 slices sharp cheddar
  • ¼ cup slow cooker caramelized onions
  • 1 tbsp butter, divided
  1. Assemble both sandwiches - 2 slices of cheese and 2 tbsp of onions in each. Adjust accordingly to your preferences.
  2. Melt ½ tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium low heat.
  3. Place both sandwiches in the skillet and cook until golden brown. Remove from the skillet.
  4. Melt the other ½ tbsp of butter in the skillet, then flip the sandwiches and place into the skillet to brown the other side.
  5. Cut and serve warm!


Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie

*Disclaimer* I will be shooting better “final” photos for this turkey pot pie recipe when I bake the second pie. We were hungry, it smelled amazing. Make it and you’ll understand. 😉 This post *finally* updated November 2016 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project. 

Turkey pot pie is one of our favorite ways to repurpose leftover Thanksgiving turkey! With an easy to make crust, and a tasty filling, you'll want to make 2 and freeze one for later! * Recipe on

This week I learned that I am not ready to cook for three people. I have no idea how to scale servings to account for a 10-month-old girl that eats like a teenage boy. For the past 8+ years of married life, I had cooking for two people plus spoiled dog down to a science and with this recipe, all that changed. This recipe makes two 8″x2″ double-crust pot pies; one for eating now and one to freeze for later. That makes 3 meals (when the last two are paired with a salad) for the Godfather, Dolce, me, and I *assumed* the baby. When the Princess ate 2/3 of my piece AFTER having eaten a meal not too long before, I realized it might be time to re-calibrate. We will no longer be making smaller pies, I think we have graduated to full-size if I want leftovers for another meal or so. Those of you with larger families, make this into one large pot pie (and likely enough leftover crust for a personal sized pie), or just bake both smaller pies. (more…)

Turkey Lumpia and Vegetable Pancit

Thanksgiving turkey lumpia and vegetable pancit

I should have doubled this recipe. The recipe made about 18 lumpia and if I hadn’t left some uncooked for photos, you would have no pictures of the finished product because the Godfather would likely have eaten every one, and this is why you need to make this.

turkey lumpia filling cooking


lumpia cooking

As recent California transplants, it’s become very clear that certain foods we took for granted as readily available are not actually so available anywhere else, even in a large metropolitan area. Banh mi is one of them (the pickled vegetables here are really sweet), we haven’t been brave enough to venture out for Mexican food yet, and Filipino food has been non-existent. We didn’t go out super often in California since I make so much at home, but it was nice to know that, should we want it, pancit and lumpia were readily available at a local restaurant for like $5.

vegetables for pancit

vegetable pancit

As I was thinking about unique Thanksgiving leftover recipes to post, my mind wandered to the foods we enjoyed in California (if you follow my instagram you’d have seen this coming a mile away) and lumpia was the one thing I hadn’t made since moving!  While we definitely have enjoyed lumpia alone with a salad or rice, I always think of them together, so I decided to pair it with a vegetable pancit. Traditionally, pancit has meat in it and serves as a complete meal, but since we are pairing it here, this one is vegetarian.

turkey lumpia and pancit

This is NOT a traditional lumpia. It’s fusion food, primarily relying on traditional flavors with a twist, but it’s a great way to introduce Filipino flavors to the less-adventurous eaters in your family since the leftover thanksgiving turkey and dried cranberries are two very familiar flavors. You’ll need to stop yourself from eating the filling before wrapping the lumpia into perfect little hand-held rolls of joy. I was going to recommend doubling if you had enough leftover turkey, but I’m telling you now… skip one turkey sandwich meal and double this recipe! You can freeze the un-fried lumpia and cook on demand. The lumpia wrappers can be found in the international freezer section of your grocery store, or the freezer section of an Asian grocery store and will say “lumpia” right on the box.

leftover thanksgiving turkey lumpia

The pancit is made with rice noodles (vermicelli) that you can find at any Asian grocery store and most major chain grocery stores for less than $2 and 8 ounces (half of a 1 lb package) will feed 4-6, so it makes quite a bit! If you don’t have a wok (I don’t at the moment), use a large nonstick skillet. You don’t want to break the noodles because, as a traditional dish for birthdays, tradition says that long noodles = long life. My noodles didn’t quite fit into the skillet dry, so I used a soup ladle to get the broth over the noodles to soften them. This is a great dish to use your homemade vegetable stock… recipe here.

vegetable pancit recipe

unique thanksgiving turkey leftover recipes

Turkey Lumpia

Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Author: Goodie Godmother
A unique recipe for leftover Thanksgiving turkey!


  • 1 lb turkey chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 cups medium onion diced (about 1 3/4 )
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 2/3 c jicama
  • 1/4 c soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries chopped
  • 18 lumpia wrappers
  • oil for frying


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook about 2 minutes until the onion starts to become translucent.
  2. Add the carrot, jicama, and cranberries, cook for another two minutes.
  3. Add the soy sauce, fish sauce, and turkey. Cook another 3-5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Once the turkey filling is cool, roll the lumpia. Take a lumpia wrapper, place about two heaping tablespoons near one corner of your wrapper and shape into a tube. Fold the wrapper over the filling. Then fold in either side and roll up. When you have almost finished rolling, dab some water along the top edge of the wrapper to seal. Repeat until you run out of filling.
  5. You may freeze lumpia for long term storage or keep in the refrigerator if you plan to use in the next day or two.
  6. To pan fry: heat about a half inch of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the lumpia in the pan in batches, rotating periodically to achieve an even brown color. Drain on a paper towel and serve. To deep fry: follow the instructions on your deep fryer and cook the lumpia until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel and serve.


Vegetable Pancit
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Cuisine: Filipino
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 8 oz vermicelli rice stick noodles
  • 3 c vegetable broth
  • 4 c Napa cabbage, finely chopped (I like to julienne)
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 1½ c finely chopped onion
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ¼ c soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for two minutes until they become slightly translucent. Add the garlic and cook another minute.
  2. Add the cabbage and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, about five minutes. Add the fish sauce and cook a minute longer.
  3. Remove the vegetables from the heat. Put the vegetable stock and soy sauce in a wok or large skillet. Bring to a boil. Cook the rice sticks according to the package instructions (don't break them!). Move in the pan constantly because they will stick as they absorb the broth.
  4. Combine the vegetables with the noodles and serve.


“Not Too Sweet” Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

This Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans recipe has been updated with new photos as of October 2016 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project. This recipe is a family favorite and has become a tradition in our home. We enjoy it so much, I make it at least one or two times per year outside the holiday season. If you must add marshmallows for guests, I’ve used the same base and topped half marshmallow and half pecan with fabulous results. Enjoy, darlings! 

Need a "not too sweet" sweet potato casserole? This sweet potato casserole with pecans is a family favorite and so easy for Thanksgiving! * Recipe on

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

When I was a child, we usually ordered our Thanksgiving dinners from Publix. Read this blog long enough and you’ll notice we got a lot of things from Publix. Anyway, the dinner we would usually order included a few sides including stuffing, green bean casserole, and a marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole that everyone seemed to love except me. (more…)

The Godfather’s Smoked Turkey

The Godfather’s Smoked Turkey recipe has been updated with new photos as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project where I add better photos to already delicious recipes. Thanks for stopping by!

The Godfather's Smoked Turkey - Perfected over nearly a decade, the brine recipe and smoking process for our Thanksgiving turkey results in a juicy, flavorful bird everyone loves. You may also use the brine for a roasted bird if you don't have a grill to smoke. * Recipe on

I’m not quite sure how to introduce this recipe. Maybe I can start with the story of how, years ago the Godfather (well before he was the Godfather), set out to create a smoked turkey so we could have amazing turkey without a deep fryer or running our not-so-awesome-at-the-time base housing oven. Or maybe I could talk about how my father-in-law (who is the unquestioned meat-patriarch in his family) fell in love with this recipe so much it that he created his own variation as his go-to recipe for turkey. Or I could take you to our kitchen in California last year where we had a Thanksgiving party with friends and L turned around to find two of our guests grabbing turkey leftovers, jostling each other for space to eat over the kitchen sink even though we had all just finished a huge meal. (more…)

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